Another stealth Ryanair charge?
Yesterday I checked my wife and I in for our flight from London Gatwick to Dublin. We didn’t pay for seats and chose random seats when free check-in opened.. Ryanair put my wife in a centre seat in row 12 and me in a centre seat in row 27.
After check-in there was an option to change our seats for a fee, £4 for my wife to sit down the back next to me or £7 for me to sit in row 12 with her.
The annoying thing is that looking at the seat map it seems the flight is only about 10% checked in.
I checked with Ryanair on Twitter and they said if you choose random seats your seats are assigned randomly but it looks like I’m not the only one who has had this happen to them lately: see here, here and here.
We travel at least twice a month between Ireland and the UK and Ryanair have always assigned us seats together, even on full flights.
Shouldn’t they be upfront about this charge when you are booking and acknowledge that this is a policy change?